Wilhelm Reich

Chris Connery chris_connery at macmail.ucsc.edu
Fri Oct 14 13:38:04 MDT 1994

        Reply to:   RE>Wilhelm Reich

I would suggest also the collection SEX-POL (essays 1929-1934), in a Vintage
edition edited by Lee Baxandall with an intro by Bertell Ollman-- (2 names
that show how much more important Reich was to mainstream western marxism
than he is now).  This work is from prior to his expulsion from the party,
and there are good reflections that arise directly from his party praxis.
 Reich can be kind of a thumper,  but I think there's a lot of good
material-- in _Dialectical Materialism and Psychoanalysis_ (in this
collection), for example.  Then there's  Dusan Makavejev's 1971 Yugoslavian
film   _WR: Mysteries of the Organism_ .    The film hasn't held up quite so
well for me as I wished it had-- after the epiphanic moment of its first US
release in the early 70s.  It might still be worth checking out though.


Date: 10/13/94 8:04 PM
From: marxism at world.std.com

I know that many people on this list are fond of the academic theories
deriving from structuralism, Althusser, Lacan, etc. These figures
attempted a synthesis on some level of Marxism and psychoanalysis. But as
far as that goes, there is another figure who worked very intensely on
that task but whose name is not often mentioned anymore, it seems. That
figure is Wilhelm Reich. The situationists were fond of him, and so are
some anarchists, but he seems, like Fourier in some ways, to be
generally regarded in the 'crackpot' category when he is talked about at
all. I recently read his work entitled _The Sexual Revolution_, much of
which is concerned with issues about the family, etc. raised by Engels
but explored in much greater depth. It also discusses the way abortion,
homosexuality, contraception, adolescent sexuality, and so on were dealt
with in the early years of the Soviet Union and under Stalinism.
Fascinating. Another book of his of particular interest to students of
Marxism--_The Mass Psychology of Fascism_. What do other people on this
list think about Reich? Was he another hopeless utopian? And just what is
it about the turgid writing of a Lacan that supposedly comes out ahead?

--Alex Trotter

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Date: Thu, 13 Oct 1994 22:34:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: Alex Trotter <uburoi at panix.com>
Subject: Wilhelm Reich


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